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  • 116. Gigondas AC 2014 - out of stock

    Domaine Raspail-Ay

    80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (14% alc.)

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    Dominique Ay destalks 100% and then gives the wine a long cuvaison before ageing for a couple of years in foudres and demi-muids. This is an exceptional Gigondas with real depth of smoky black forest fruits, very spicy with a hint of liquorice and promising savoury tannins. For drinking now to 2020+.

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Winemaker
Dominique Ay, Domaine Raspail-Ay
Location
Gigondas
Size of domaine
18 hectares - block of vines around the house on lower slopes of Dentelles de Montmirail.
Grape
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. 40 yr old average (20-50). 3,300 vines per hectare. R110 rootstock.
Terroir
Clay, limestone and sand. Quite stony in places. Slope gradient 10% at 200 metres elevation with an easterly aspect.
Viticulture
Plough –on slope no, on sand and flats Sweet. No treatments against pests. Green harvests. Manual harvest. 32-34 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Destalks 100%, crushes and no prefermentive maceration. Ferment in cement cuves with natural yeast. 1 remontage a day during alcoholic fermentation. 29-31° max ferment temperature. 4 week cuvaison. Pneumatique press and press wine than added back. No heating of the cellar for the malo. Elevage is 18-20 months. Aged for minimum of 1 yr in foudres and demi-muids with the balance in cement cuves. Racked twice. Wine not fined but filtered lightly by plaques. Generally 3 bottlings from each vintage – 1st after 21 months and last after 30 months. Production is 60,000 bottles.
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